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Guest Lecture: "Matisse in San Francisco" Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture, SFMOMA

Matisse La Conversation
December 1, 2013 -

Henri Matisse visited the Bay Area just once, in 1931, before setting sail for Tahiti. However, the French master's art and legend in this region stretch back to 1906, just after the great earthquake, when the American expatriates Sarah and Michael Stein returned home from Paris to check on their properties, bringing Matisse paintings along with them in their luggage. The Steins' local presentation of the artist’s brightly colored canvases—the first of the artist's works to be seen in the United States—launched the region's longstanding passion for the Matisse and his art.

Programs Celebrating "Impressionists on the Water"

October 6, 2013 -

Tango de los Impressionistas
2:30–5 pm

¡La Milonga de los Impresionistas! We celebrate Impressionists on the Water  with light, laughter, and beautiful Argentine tango en plein air. The museum's Court of Honor will become an outdoor milonga for about a hundred couples to gather and dance. Presented by TangoCalifia. Hosted by Beatrice Bowles and Terence Clarke.

Also featuring plein-air painting by Marius Starkey, who spontaneously creates a complete and vibrant painting on the spot.

Docent Lecture: "Impressionists on the Water," Marsha Holm

Gustave Caillebotte, "Regatta at Argenteuil," 1893
October 1, 2013 -

Nautical life is revealed in more than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by artists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Maurice Denis, and Paul Signac—Impressionists and Post-Impressionists whose breathtaking artistry reflects a deep understanding of pleasure boating and competition. Their brushwork suggests both the atmospheric effects and the sensations of movement that contribute to these enterprises on the water.

A Conversation with Diane B. Wilsey, President of the Board of Trustees and Colin B. Bailey, Director Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco


Q: Ms. Wilsey, in looking for a new director for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, you conducted an extensive international search. How do you feel now with Colin B. Bailey selected and a new era dawning for the Fine Arts Museums?


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